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Sect Guardian Revered Elder!
Just these four words were enough to display how formidable the Grand Roc was.
"Elder Peng." Duan Ling Tian looked at the Grand Peng then greeted him.
The Grand Roc nodded to Duan Ling Tian, then he unfolded his wings before lightly sweeping them.
Instantly, the air outside Dubhe Hall seemed as if it was completely drawn out, and dust and dirt suffused and flew into the sky…
"Depart!" Linghu Jin Hong called out to Duan Ling Tian and the others before being the first to leap up the spacious back of the Grand Roc that was like flat ground.
Subsequently, Duan Ling Tian and the others ascended the back of the Grand Roc one by one.
After he descended onto the back of the Grand Roc, Duan Ling Tian was able to guess what would happen next…
This Grand Roc who is also the Sect Guardian Revered Elder, Elder Peng, of the Seven Star Sword Sect would carry their group to head to the Demonic Lotusblade Sect!
This Martial Competition of the five great sects this time would be carried out in the Demonic Lotusblade Sect.
The Demonic Lotusblade Sect was similar to the Seven Star Sword Sect as they were both one of the five great top sects in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom.
If it was said that over 90% of the Seven Star Sword Sect disciples used swords, then 90% of the disciples of the Demonic Lotusblade Sect instead used sabers.
Right at this moment, the Grand Roc fully opened up his wings that were like clouds that could cover up the sky…
The Grand Roc swung his wings, and his speed abruptly rose, as if he’d transformed into a bolt of lightning, and he flew through the clouds and mist as he flashed out.
Swoosh! Swoosh! Swoosh! Swoosh! Swoosh!
The sounds of piercingly cold strong winds entered into Duan Ling Tian’s ears as swift and fierce violent winds assaulted his face, slapping his face.
However, Duan Ling Tian remained unmoved.
He stood there, not moving like a mountain.
Along with the Grand Roc increasing his speed, Zheng Song was the first to be unable to endure the violent winds that assaulted him, his face went pale and his figure started to tremble slightly.
Then it was Meng Qiu.
"Hmph!" Huang Ji, who was gritting his teeth and persevering, glanced at Duan Ling Tian who had a carefree expression, and he clenched his teeth.
Now, he was almost at the verge of collapse.
But when he saw Duan Ling Tian seemed as if nothing was happening when faced with the piercingly cold violent winds that assaulted him, he wasn’t willing to admit defeat.
Duan Ling Tian noticed Huang Ji’s actions, and the corners of his mouth curled into a smile of disdain.
If it was before, he might be afraid of this piercingly cold violent winds, but now, he who’d comprehended Elementary Wind Force completely didn’t take violent winds of such strength seriously…
Linghu Jin Hong noticed the unsightly expressions of Zheng Song, Meng Qiu, and Huang Ji, but when he saw Duan Ling Tian’s carefree expression, the corners of his mouth couldn’t help but twitch and he secretly exclaimed ‘freak’ before saying to the Grand Roc, "Elder Peng, please take care of the juniors."
"Hmph! Three useless little things." Right at this moment, a voice transmission entered into the ears of everyone present, and it caused Linghu Jin Hong, Zheng Fan, and Ke Zhen to smile helplessly.
They were naturally able to perceive that Elder Peng was testing the juniors earlier…
Now, compared to Duan Ling Tian’s performance, the performance of Huang Ji, Zheng Song, and Meng Qiu were simply not worth mentioning.
It was no wonder that Elder Peng would be so blunt.
The Grand Roc gradually slowed down his speed, causing Huang Ji and the others to heave a sigh of relief.
After they recovered, Zheng Song had a bitter smile as he muttered. "How can we compare to Junior Brother Duan Ling Tian… He’s a freak!"
Unlike Zheng Song’s open-mindedness.
Huang Ji and Meng Qiu had extremely unsightly expressions.
The fact that they were trampled on by a kid that was 22 years old was difficult for them to accept.
Duan Ling Tian was able to sense their fierce gazes, but he couldn’t be bothered to pay attention to them, and he instead sized up the surroundings with interest…
Unfortunately, only a boundless expanse entered his eyes, yet he could see nothing.
"Senior Brother Zheng Song, we still need to spend half a month of time to arrive the Demonic Lotusblade Sect even with Elder Peng taking us there?" Duan Ling Tian walked up to Zheng Song’s side and asked curiously.
"Yes." Zheng Song nodded. "This is something we can’t do anything about… If Elder Peng was heading towards the Demonic Lotusblade Sect by himself, he would arrive there within half a day. But now, Elder Peng has to take care of us juniors, so he can only reduce his speed to a level that we can endure."
Duan Ling Tian came to a sudden understanding.
Elder Peng’s speed was extremely swift.
But it was difficult for Zheng Song, Meng Qiu, and Huang Ji to withstand the swift and fierce violent winds that assaulted their faces during extremely swift flight.
Even if it was Duan Ling Tian, although it wasn’t strenuous earlier, but once Elder Peng doubled his speed, he would surely find it difficult to endure.
Half a month!
Only when Duan Ling Tian found out of the location of the Demonic Lotusblade Sect did he realize that even with Elder Peng slowing down, their travelling speed could still be considered to be extremely swift.
The distance between the Seven Star Sword Sect and the Demonic Lotusblade Sect was actually three times the distance from the Seven Star Sword Sect to Solitary Summit!
After all, when he departed from the Seven Star Sword Sect that day, even when he used his Ferghana Horse to hurry on the journey at full speed all the way, he’d still used four to five months of time to arrive at the Ancient City of Everlast that was near the Solitary Summit.
"However, the speed of a Ferghana Horse is completely unable to compare to the speed of Elder Peng." Duan Ling Tian was extremely clear of this.
Even if Elder Peng was intentionally slowing down now, in terms of speed, he still far surpassed a Ferghana Horse by over ten times or even 100 times!
All along the way, Duan Ling Tian and Zheng Song chatted idly about anything and everything.
Unknowingly, they’d chatted to the topic of the Demonic Lotusblade Sect.
"In the current younger generation of the Demonic Lotusblade Sect, an extremely outstanding inner court disciple has appeared, and he’s ranked number five amongst the five great young masters… People call him Saber Young Master!" As he finished speaking, Zheng Song was filled with respect.
"Saber Young Master?" Duan Ling Tian’s brows raised. "How is this Saber Young Master compared to Zither Young Master?"
"In terms of strength, he’s slightly inferior; in terms of natural talent, they’re on par." Zheng Song continued. "The Saber Young Master is the youngest amongst the five great young masters, and is only 26 this year… However, according to my father, the cultivation of that Saber Young Master has already stepped into the sixth level of the Nascent Soul Stage last year! Presently, it’s very likely that he has stepped into the seventh level of the Nascent Soul Stage."
26 year old seventh level Nascent Soul Stage martial artist?
Duan Ling Tian nodded.
Such natural talent was indeed not inferior to the Zither Young Master, Zi Shang.
Half a month of time passed by quickly.
Then one day, Duan Ling Tian who stood atop the Grand Roc’s back felt his feet tremble, and the Grand Roc had suddenly slowed down and plunged downwards.
The clouds and mist in Duan Ling Tian’s field of vision dispersed completely, and a boundlessly vast gorge appeared before the eyes of Duan Ling Tian and the others.
Presently, Duan Ling Tian stood atop the back of the Grand Roc and looked down upon this gorge, and he could see that the shape of the gorge was like an incomparably demonic lotus…
Within this lotus shaped gorge, every petal was an independent gorge within the gorge.
"This is the location of the Demonic Lotusblade Sect, the Demonic Lotus Gorge!" Linghu Jin Hong looked down at the vast gorge and said slowly, "This Demonic Lotus Gorge looks like a nine petal demonic lotus. The location of those nine petals are where the outer court disciples of the Demonic Lotusblade Sect cultivate and are similar to the six great outer court sword peaks of our Seven Star Sword Sect…"
Under Linghu Jin Hong’s introduction, Duan Ling Tian and the others acquired a certain level of understanding of the Demonic Lotusblade Sect.
"Elder Peng, let’s go down," Linghu Jin Hong said to the Grand Roc.
The Grand Rock nodded then descended to the central area of the Demonic Lotus Forge.
"Hmm?" Suddenly, Duan Ling Tian frowned.
His acute Spiritual Force vaguely determined that a person had suddenly appeared ahead of them, and it was an existence at the sixth level of the Void Prying Stage.
Not long after, the Grand Roc’s body jerked before descending near that person.
Duan Ling Tian glanced over.
Nearby, an azure clothed old man stood in midair, and cupped his fist and bowed as he greeted Linghu Jin Hong who was atop the Grand Roc’s back. "Sect Leader Linghu."
"Hmph!" Linghu Jin Hong hadn’t even spoken when the face of Ke Zhen who stood nearby sank, the terrifying imposing manner on his body extended out to envelop the old man. "Our Seven Star Sword Sect’s Sect Leader has arrived personally but not even a single one of your Demonic Lotusblade Sect’s Leader or nine Gorge Masters have come out to greet us?"
The old man’s face went slightly pale when enveloped by Ke Zhen’s aura, and he hurriedly explained. "Peak Master Ke Zhen, amongst our Sect Leader and the nine Gorge Masters, there are quite a few who are in closed door cultivation… Besides the Sect Leader, only three Gorge Masters aren’t in closed door cultivation, and they’re now entertaining the honored guests of the other three sects."
"One Sect Leader, three Gorge Masters… What a great Demonic Lotusblade Sect!" Zheng Fan took a step forward and a similarly terrifying aura enveloped the old man, causing the already pale face of the old man to go ghastly pale. "Peak… Peak Master Zheng Fan, you… You’ve actually broken through!"
He knew the Seven Star Sword Sect’s Sect Leader and the six Peak masters.
According to his knowledge, the Seven Star Sword Sect’s Mizar Peak’s Master, Zheng Fan, ought to only be a martial artist at the ninth level of the Void Prying Stage, but he never imagined that Zheng Fan would have actually broken through…
Zheng Fan breaking through also meant that the Seven Star Sword Sect had another Void Initiation Stage expert!
This wasn’t good news to the Demonic Lotusblade Sect.
"Zheng Fan, you’ve broken through?" Ke Zhen was stunned.
Zheng Fan lightly smiled, and his gaze unnoticeably flashed towards Duan Ling Tian.
His breaking through was all thanks to Duan Ling Tian.
"Peak Master Zheng Fan really concealed himself well… Even the Peak Master of Phecda Peak didn’t know he’d already broken through?" Duan Ling Tian was similarly surprised when he saw this.
After all, Zheng Fan had broken through to the Void Initiation Stage two years ago.
"Lead the way." Linghu Jin Hong finally spoke, seeming to pay no attention to the Demonic Lotusblade Sect’s loss of respect.
But Duan Ling Tian was still able to notice the terrifying rage contained deep within Linghu Jin Hong’s eyes.
The Seven Star Sword Sect was the leader of the five great top sects of the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom at any rate, but now the Seven Star Sword Sect was actually looked down upon by the Demonic Lotusblade Sect like this. As the Sect Leader of the Seven Star Sword Sect, how could Linghu Jin Hong not be enraged?
"Looks like the Seven Star Sword Sect’s younger generation’s lack of strength has affected the prestige of the Seven Star Sword Sect to a certain extent." Although Duan Ling Tian only watched on coldly from the sidelines, he was still able to notice a slight inkling.
Just think about it.
A sect presently relied on its experts of the senior generation.
But in the future, when the senior generation experts retired or even died of old age, it would still need to rely on the gradually maturing younger generation.
It could be imagined that if a sect’s new blood didn’t have good quality, then it would surely decline in the future.
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